Wander north or east of the Termini Station and you’ll be in Castro Pretorio, an animated, energetic neighborhood. Residents represent a slew of ethnicities, and it’s typical to hear various languages swirling in the air. Regarded as one of the most convenient and affordable areas in Rome, Castro Pretorio attracts tourists by the busload. Traditionally known as a rundown area, it is part of a citywide clean-up, and many streets are now handsome and appealing! Don’t be fooled by the plain exteriors, numerous buildings were once palazzos (palaces) and their interiors have charming décor. Popular attractions include the ancient relics at Palazzo Massimo alle Terme, the Baths of Diocletian and the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore. Walk to view the arched Porta Pia, a city gate designed by Michelangelo – notice the different styles he used on both facades. In addition to international stores, fast-food joints and multicultural restaurants in Termini Station, there’s great shopping and food in Piazza Indipendenza. Transportation is easy, with bus, train and metro options.